OSHA unveils updated hot weather app

A phone app from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration warns workers and others who will be outside as summer heats up of risks of heat-related illness, and provides preventive steps.

A phone app from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration warns workers and others who will be outside as summer heats up of risks of heat-related illness, and provides preventive steps.

By NIHAL KRISHAN
Cronkite News
WASHINGTON – Occupational Safety and Health Administration officials had a message Wednesday for workers and others who expect to be outside working and playing as summer heats up: Shade, water and rest for safety.

And if that’s too much to remember, OSHA has an app for that. And it’s free.

The federal agency actually has had the OSHA Heat app since 2011, but recently it unveiled an updated version of the phone app that provides users with a heat index reading for a particular location and gives precautions to help prevent heat-related illnesses. Continue reading

New rules cover caution with machinery, crane inspection

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued some new laws concerning companies that work with machines and other heavy equipment.

OSHA has issued a pending rule that will update the allowable occupational exposure to Beryllium. All of the chemicals regulated by OSHA are changed periodically to ensure workers’ safety. Employers who use chemicals may wish to review OSHA regulations for permitted exposure levels. Continue reading

Setting up safety rules around chemicals

Keeping workers safe around dangerous chemicals is a one way to reduce the potential risk of workers compensation claims, as many substances that factory employees work with can present dangers to those who are uninitiated in the right precautions.

The first step to staying safe is being aware of the potential certain chemicals have to be dangerous. For example, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) keeps an updated list of all the known dangerous chemicals. The database contains information about a chemical’s reactivity with water and air, along with other chemicals Continue reading